Who is Ken Klippenstein?
Ken Klippenstein is currently The Intercept’s ‘national security reporter’ who pranked several prominent conservatives on Memorial Day, using an old photo of Lee Harvey Oswald, the murderer of John F Kennedy. He tweeted a photo of Oswald in uniform and claimed he was his grandfather, leading to retweets from Matt Gaetz. The trio deleted those endorsements shortly after, but not before the internet took screenshots of the tweets, leading to massive trolling.
I had no idea what this tweet was about, then google saved the day pic.twitter.com/c0BWnDwZgK
— amir (@MustBeTheHero) June 1, 2021
How old is Ken Klippenstein?
Ken Klippenstein is believed to be in his 30s.
Ken Klippenstein Wiki
Klippenstein is currently based in Washington, DC, but graduated from high school in Naperville, Illinois. Klippenstein then graduated with a BA from Wheaton College, before getting his first job in Wisconsin. Between 2010 and 2017, he worked as a reporter for RSN, and then joined The Daily Beast for a year.
Then in 2017, he moved to The Young Turks, where he spent two and a half years. In 2020, Klippenstein moved to DC, first as The Nation’s DC correspondent, but then joined The Intercept in 2021. He’s well known for the use of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in his reporting.
In 2020, he used FOIAs to report that the White House was warned in 2017 about being unprepared for a pandemic. He also uncovered the fact that the FBI had no information about Antifa being involved in the George Floyd protests in 2020, despite then-attorney general Bill Barr’s claims.
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But if there’s one thing he’s most famous for, it’s his ability to prank conservatives.
In 2019, he trolled Iowa Rep Steve King after changing his Twitter name to ‘Steve King is a white supremacist’. Klippenstein tweeted a photo of Col Nathan Jessup, a fictional character from the 1992 hit drama ‘A Few Good Men’. “Sir, can I get a retweet for my uncle Col. Nathan Jessup, he’s the Marines and spending the 4th overseas keeping our nation safe,” he tweeted on the fourth of July. King took the bait, and retweeted Klippenstein’s tweet, and said, “Colonel Jessup and all your Marines: God Bless you all. You have our back and millions of us have yours! God Bless America and all her warriors defending our Liberty! SK.”
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King deleted the tweet shortly after, but not before Klippenstein kickstarted a troll-fest, with several other users attempting to get endorsements for fictional military heroes. Klippenstein also trolled Elon Musk in 2020, and author Naomi Wolf in 2021. Now, he decided to troll several prominent conservatives.
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Gaetz has become one of the internet’s most popular punching bags, as the pro-Trump Congressman is in the middle of a sex trafficking investigation.
This isn’t the first time Klippenstein has pulled a prank on Twitter. In the past, he trolled Rep Steve King and former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell in a similar fashion. Klippenstein is more than your average troller, he’s also a journalist.
Klippenstein tweeted a photo of Oswald, who was in fact, a Private in the United States Marine Corps. He tagged Gaetz, Schlapp, and D’Souza in three separate tweets and said, “My grandpa’s a big fan of yours and is a veteran, he would be thrilled if you could RT this photo of him for Memorial Day.”
“Here he is as a young private first class.” Gaetz retweeted that photo with an emoji of the American flag while Schlapp said:
“It’s an honor to retweet this photo of a veteran on a day we remember his fallen friends. God bless your grandfather.”
That got Twitter talking. One person tweeted, “Ken Klippenstein is my spirit animal for trolling the GOP with a picture of Lee Harvey Oswald in the Marines.” Another said, “It’s both amazing and depressing how current politicians can be duped into retweeing a picture of Lee Harvey Oswald as a soldier.”
lol ken woke up today and chose violence https://t.co/UwSi1kJfKr
— shauna (@goldengateblond) May 31, 2021